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Groups protest killings in Kaduna

20 March 2014, 17:59

Kaduna - Some socio-political groups in Kaduna on Wednesday staged rallies in protest against incessant attacks and killings in southern Kaduna.

The National President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, (SOKAPU), Ephraim Goje, led one of the protests.

He decried the recent attack in Kaura Local Government that resulted to the killing of 148 persons, including women and children.

"We have had not less than 50 attacks in our communities from 2011 and the worst is the recent one in three villages in Bondong district of Kaura Local Government where over 148 children, women and the aged were murdered.

"The reason for this is that government has failed to mobilise operatives to secure our land.

 "If they have this number of armoured tanks, they should move down to Southern Kaduna," he said.

Goje said that the government should be sensitive to their plights.

"It is our community that voted for these people and if they don’t protect us in 2015, we are not going to vote for any insensitive government,” he said.

Also speaking, a former Attorney General of Kaduna State, Adamu Kish, who was part of the protest, said “children were killed in Yobe state and people are crying that innocent people are being killed in their villages."

"The authority should allow people to express their pains and not come out with arms against peace loving and law abiding citizens.

"Our children, our mothers, our fathers in the villages are being killed, while police are supposed to be protecting them.

"We are not holding arms here, we are not fighting here, we want to go about our businesses, go to our farms, the police should not intimidate us,’’ he said.

The police operatives were present to make sure that the protesters did not go beyond their allotted boundary.

 - NAN

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